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the fort, in the manner of men experienced in war. Having
seated his women upon two or three horses, he took his seat
upon another, and rode away. As he went, he turned back and
beheaded any person who pursued him. In the face of the
enemy's army he forced his way through, night and day.
That faithful Hindu, Kampila, like a (true) warrior, did
not leave the place. The danger threatening his friends seized
him by the head, and hurled the whole of his family in peril.
He fought fiercely in that battle, and at last when he passed
away from the world, he received many wounds from a shower
of arrows. He did not want to fly without laying down his
head like men who follow the path of the faith. Heaven gave
the royal army the good tidings of victory.
All tie soldiers entered the fort and engaged themselves in
plundering. They captured and killed many Hindus, and every
one seized much wealth.     When Malik Zada subdued Hosdurg,
ihe soldiers brought before him a man alive.    Malik Zada said,
**Make him identify the men of the place". He commanded him
to have a look at every head which the men of the army brought
before him.   The Hindu looked at the heads, and he drank the
Mood of his own liver in grief.   He saw a head which was red
on account of the wounds of the arrows, and raised a shout (oi
lasaentation).   In his grief he cast much earth upon his head,
and plucked all (ihe hair of) his head and beard.   Malik Zada
asked ""What is ihis agitation about ? whose head is this ? what
H flie cause of this lamentation ?"  Weeping much,  the Hindu
replied, « (This is) the head of our king whose death has in-
ereued our sorrow and anxiety ".   The celebrated Malik Zada
enjoined that they should flay the head and put the skin on a
irmy <rf gold, so feat the enemies might become sad and  the
friends foppy; &en, &ey should fill the skin of that head wit!
straw, and set fire to ihe fort. Malik Zada sent the skin of tha
head   with the news (of the  victory)  at once to the king
Then he despatched in pursuit of Garshasp, a large army o
valiant men.
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